Delia Derbyshire Day: An Electric Storm

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Honouring the 50th anniversary of An Electric Storm by White Noise, with David Vorhaus and Brian Hodgson

A special platform event as part of Delia Derbyshire Day 2019.

Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) is one of the most innovative electronic musicians of the 20th century. She is best known for her pioneering work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and for composing the classic theme song for the original Doctor Who, believed to be the earliest ‘electronic’ theme song in television history. A brilliant composer and one of the few women operating in the early era of electronic music

She was also a member of the experimental band White Noise with Brian Hodgson (also of BBC Radiophonic Workshop) and David Vorhaus, who join us in conversation to explore the production and legacy of their visionary electronic pop album An Electric Storm, on its 50th anniversary. Introduced by David Butler, lead researcher and curator of the Delia Derbyshire Archive, and chaired by Jo Langton, sound designer and researcher into Radiophonic art and electroacoustic music.

Tickets for the panel include entrance to Late at the Library: Delia Derbyshire Day main stage show - an evening of live audio visual performance and bold new music hosted by DJ and broadcaster Nemone (BBC 6 Music)

Presented in partnership with Delia Derbyshire Day, a Manchester-based organisation which pays homage to Delia Derbyshire. Their work is centred around the Delia Derbyshire Archive, held at John Rylands Library in Manchester.

Part of our Season of Sound, the British Library's annual celebration of all things audio.

Explore the British Library’s Sound Archive today and discover over 6.5 million extraordinary recordings covering speech, music, wildlife and the environment.

Image: Electric Storm artwork by Andrea Pazos

David Butler is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Screen Studies at the University of Manchester. He is the editor of Time And Relative Dissertations In Space: Critical Perspectives on Doctor Who (2007), author of Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen (2009) and has written widely on the role of music in film and television as well as aspects of film noir, fantasy, and science fiction. He is currently one of the lead researchers and curators of the Delia Derbyshire Archive, housed at the John Rylands Library.

Jo Langton is a TECHNE-funded PhD student at Surrey University researching a history of Radiophonic art and analogue technology in electroacoustic music. As a studio manager for BBC Radio 3, she records music and studio programmes and concerts. She also creates sound designs for art documentary films and museum installations of electroacoustic music and field recordings, and is one half of the electronics duo Maesh. Her work has been presented at Tower Bridge Museum, the Dickens Exhibition at the Museum of London and the City of London Art Film festival at Tate Modern.


Name: Delia Derbyshire Day: An Electric Storm
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £20.00
Senior 60+: £17.00
Student: £10.00
Registered Unemployed: £10.00
Disabled: £10.00
Under 18: £10.00
18-25: £10.00
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